West Ard­na­mur­chan re­gatta to wel­come round-Bri­tain canoeist

The Oban Times - - TIMES SPORT -

WEST Ard­na­mur­chan’s 34th Re­gatta will wel­come home a man who will have com­pleted a pad­dle around main­land Bri­tain in an open ca­noe.

Ex-po­lice of­fi­cer Colin Skeath, who now lives in Stron­tian, and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, from Lim­er­ick, will just have com­pleted the first round-Bri­tain voy­age in an open Cana­dian ca­noe, when Colin and wife Ka­t­rina are wel­comed to the re­gatta next month.

The two left Stron­tian in April in a Swift Temagami ca­noe to travel the 2,500-mile route clock­wise round Bri­tain in aid of the For­get Me Not chil­dren’s char­ity, a hos­pice which sup­ports chil­dren with life-short­en­ing con­di­tions and their fam­i­lies.

Re­gatta chair­man Alas­tair MacColl said the group, and the vil­lage, is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing the pair back to cel­e­brate.

He said: ‘It will be a great hon­our for us to have Colin and his wife, who was part of his sup­port team, as our guests and to cel­e­brate their achieve­ment.

‘Colin and Davis are fine role mod­els for the young peo­ple which our an­nual re­gatta seeks to en­cour­age. We also very much hope that Colin will take part.

‘ When they set off on their ad­ven­ture in April, they spent the first night at Shore Cot­tage in Kil­choan, at the site of the re­gatta.

‘The West Ard­na­mur­chan Re­gatta is al­ways a very en­joy­able day out and great fun both for par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors. As well as the races, there’s lots more to do – a ‘guess the weight of the lob­ster’ com­pe­ti­tion, a raf­fle for a huge ham­per, and stalls for jew­ellery, wood­work, cush­ions and can­dles, and paint­ings. Then in the evening, there’s the an­nual Re­gatta Dance.’

The West Ard­na­mur­chan Re­gatta takes place on Thurs­day Au­gust 3 and Fri­day Au­gust 4, start­ing at 10am.

Sail­ing races start on the Thurs­day, fol­lowed by ca­noe­ing, row­ing, out­board, power boat and more sail­ing races on the Fri­day.

More from Alas­tair MacColl on 01972 510 358 or Jon Haylett on 01972 510 293 or je­haylett@ bt­in­ter­net.com

Colin Skeath and nephew Davis Gould Duff pic­tured set­ting off from Stron­tian for their chal­lenge to cir­cum­nav­i­gate main­land Bri­tain in aid of the For­get Me Not Chil­dren’s Hos­pice.

Davis Gould Duff and his un­cle Colin Skeath

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